You may have already heard of Ruth Klahsen, aka the Cheese Lady! She is on of the top artisan cheese producers in the province and is making her dream of creating a sustainable micro-producer/dairy, with an apprenticeship program AND new products to complement the cheeses a reality. This lady dreams big and she needs some help!
The Cheese Lady will offer 5 types of cheese, Taleggio from Italy, Abondance, Salers and gaperon from France and a Spanish style torta. Right now you can only get her Monforte Toscano at the St.Lawrence Market, while supplies last.
Here's the really cool part. In order to raise money to finance this adventure Moneforte Dairy is offering a subscription to 'Monforte Renasissance 2010'. It is a CSA, a community shared agriculture plan. Essentially a subscriber can support the dairy by prepaying for cheese! For as little as $200 you can invest in wedge o' cheese, a brick will cost you $500 and a wheel $1000. You can receive your cheese two different ways, through vouchers that can be redeemed at participating markets/stores and at the dairy or in baskets that are delivered twice a year for the next five years. How cool is that?!
They are also offering a great gift basket for $80 + $20 delivery. Sounds like a great Christmas gift to me!